Twin Peaks: The Return

June 1st, 2017 by

“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract.” This has long been the answer David Lynch gave […]


Shadow Police

May 30th, 2017 by

Belfast’s Shadow Police are something of a breath of fresh air as electronic-indie music grows increasingly commercially sterile. The duo of Daniel Thornton and Matthew Duly, fresh-faced as they may be, are distinctly aware of their chosen genre’s electro-pop forefathers, and latest track ‘Dead Dance’ betrays a nod to the kind of melodic, shimmering timbres of […]


Vantastival ’17

May 30th, 2017 by

With the June bank holiday just under a week away, the return of Louth’s annual flagship event Vantastival is almost upon us. Now in its eighth year running, the small, van-oriented festival is sticking with the formula it introduced last year; a downsizing in capacity and duration. The event takes place over two days – […]



Slouch Share Double Single, ‘Umbrella on the Empty Sea’ & ‘It’s Not a Man Abandons Post’

May 24th, 2017 by

Dublin based trio Slouch have previously likened their music to “the sound of gorillas caged in a polystyrene prison cell.” This self-analysis is slightly unfair as their sound is far from personifying primitive tendencies which is demonstrated in their latest release, a double single featuring ‘It’s Not a Man Abandons Post’ and ‘Umbrella On The Empty […]


Silverbacks – Sink The Fat Moon (EP)

May 23rd, 2017 by

Currently out galavanting across the digital ether (and available to purchase, wink wink), Silverbacks’ new Sink The Fat Moon EP is a work of fuzzed-out insouciance. Cool and uncomplicated noise-rock is the name of the game, and across its five tracks Sink The Fat Moon delivers in spades. Spearheaded by Daniel and Kilian O’Kelly, before […]


The Fontaines – Liberty Belle (State exclusive)

May 22nd, 2017 by

The perfect meeting point of attitude, arrogance and musical talent, The Fontaines have been State favourites since we caught them in a dingy basement last year. The band release their new single ‘Liberty Belle’ this Friday and we’re delighted to bring you an exclusive look at the video, a clip that captures the band both […]


RIP Chris Cornell

May 18th, 2017 by

One of the most iconic voices of a generation, Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman, and accomplished solo artist, Chris Cornell has sadly passed away at the age of 52. A statement from his representative, Brian Bumbery says Cornell died on Wednesday night in Detroit. The legendary grunge pioneer was still touring, and had remaining dates to play. […]


Shookrah..”the conscious influences have somewhat evaporated at this stage”

May 16th, 2017 by

Irish R&B outfits are few and far between, so when a group like Shookrah appear on the scene, an instant curiosity is aroused. Pay heed to this curiosity, and you’ll discover that Shookrah joyfully make the genre their own. The music they make is gorgeously authentic, combing syrupy soul with Irish roots firmly planted in the ‘sesh’, […]


San Fermin

May 11th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? We are the band San Fermin and we live in New York. What’s it really like touring? It’s like traveling for business without flying. A lot of sitting around – on the bus, in the green room, in coffee shops. And then at the end of the […]


Listen to two new tracks from LCD Soundsystem

May 5th, 2017 by

The initial release from the first new LCD Soundsystem LP since 2010’s This is Happening has emerged with little warning, ahead of a much-anticipated Saturday Night Live performance tomorrow, 6 May. Preceded by a lengthy, informative statement from James Murphy, explaining the status of the new record and touring plans, this is a knockout return […]


Mons Olympus – Incognito

May 4th, 2017 by

Launching Vampyroteuthis, their new album, tonight at Belfast’s Empire Music Hall, Northern Irish ‘Space Neo Prog’ (really, listen to their stuff, it’s a fitting description) outfit Mons Olympus have shared a new video for ‘Incognito’. Suitably fuzzed out, the accompanying visual treatment was shot in the Burren and its B-movie feel only adds to the […]


The Pursuit of Experimentation – Disco é Cultura

May 4th, 2017 by

“Vinyl is Culture” Mick Donohoe, Jeremy Murphy and Marina Alves reside over a concept that’s a little different from your standard club night. Disco é Cultura was originally a small label found on Latin American records during the 60s and 70s, and translates to the above quote.  “The Rock’n Roll scene was growing around the world […]